Watch: Separation Of Church And State
Start writing a post
Politics and Activism

Watch: Separation Of Church And State

We must hold people accountable for their actions, not the god they pray too.

35
Watch: Separation Of Church And State
Unsplash

Religion and politics have been around since the beginning of time, the two have always seemed to have very similar characteristics, the way people follow both, the control it can have on people, and how they both affect our daily lives. We need to make sure they both are as separate as possible to make sure they both can prosper without one polluting the other.

Religion is a very important cornerstone in every culture, it can dictate how people live their lives even if you're not particularly religious. Christianity is the dominant religion here so it is the one I'm going to use as an example, it has very positive influences on our culture, it is founded on giving to the poor, treating others how you want to be treated, and that you should spread goodwill to everyone you meet. It can have negative effects too, when it becomes apart of our political system you get groups that want mandatory prayer in schools and discrimination against LGBTQ+ individuals. I have nothing against religious people but it needs to stay out of politics, our country is full of people with many different beliefs and values that shouldn't have to bend to someone else's faith.

If we truly want separation of both we cannot tax churches, I know that among some progressives that is an unpopular opinion but hear me out, churches that do not function as a business shouldn't be taxed, mega churches, on the other hand, should be. For those of you who don't know what megachurches are, they are churches that run like businesses, they get paid for appearing on T.V, they sell merchandise, they sometimes even have coffee shops inside them. Churches that actually care about the words they preach wouldn't sell out their religion to make a profit, the exact thing that figures like Jesus would despise.

A favorite topic for politicians that are looking for votes will use their religion to there advantage. They'll use it as a reason to vote for them because it means they are automatically superior to their opponent and that they have the "moral high ground." A candidates religion should not influence the way you vote, their stances on the issues and the policies they want should be your deciding factor, do not let their religious zeal trick you.

Religion and politics do best when they are separate. We need to make sure that people of a religion have the freedom to be free of political influence in their faith and politics should be free from religious bias. We must not shame someone for having a faith that we don't totally understand, we must hold people accountable for their actions, not the god they pray too.


Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
Marconi Beach

Three years ago, I chose to attend college in Philadelphia, approximately 360 miles away from my small town in New Hampshire. I have learned many valuable lessons away from home, and have thoroughly enjoyed my time spent in Pennsylvania. One thing that my experience has taught me, however, is that it is absolutely impossible to beat a New England summer.

Keep Reading...Show less
Entertainment

Fibonacci Sequence Examples: 7 Beautiful Instances In Nature

Nature is beautiful (and so is math). The last one will blow your mind.

232661
illustration of the fibonacci sequence
StableDiffusion

Yes, the math major is doing a math-related post. What are the odds? I'll have to calculate it later. Many people have probably learned about the Fibonacci sequence in their high school math classes. However, I thought I would just refresh everyone's memories and show how math can be beautiful and apply to physical things everywhere around us with stunning examples.

Keep Reading...Show less
the beatles
Wikipedia Commons

For as long as I can remember, I have been listening to The Beatles. Every year, my mom would appropriately blast “Birthday” on anyone’s birthday. I knew all of the words to “Back In The U.S.S.R” by the time I was 5 (Even though I had no idea what or where the U.S.S.R was). I grew up with John, Paul, George, and Ringo instead Justin, JC, Joey, Chris and Lance (I had to google N*SYNC to remember their names). The highlight of my short life was Paul McCartney in concert twice. I’m not someone to “fangirl” but those days I fangirled hard. The music of The Beatles has gotten me through everything. Their songs have brought me more joy, peace, and comfort. I can listen to them in any situation and find what I need. Here are the best lyrics from The Beatles for every and any occasion.

Keep Reading...Show less
Being Invisible The Best Super Power

The best superpower ever? Being invisible of course. Imagine just being able to go from seen to unseen on a dime. Who wouldn't want to have the opportunity to be invisible? Superman and Batman have nothing on being invisible with their superhero abilities. Here are some things that you could do while being invisible, because being invisible can benefit your social life too.

Keep Reading...Show less
Featured

19 Lessons I'll Never Forget from Growing Up In a Small Town

There have been many lessons learned.

89292
houses under green sky
Photo by Alev Takil on Unsplash

Small towns certainly have their pros and cons. Many people who grow up in small towns find themselves counting the days until they get to escape their roots and plant new ones in bigger, "better" places. And that's fine. I'd be lying if I said I hadn't thought those same thoughts before too. We all have, but they say it's important to remember where you came from. When I think about where I come from, I can't help having an overwhelming feeling of gratitude for my roots. Being from a small town has taught me so many important lessons that I will carry with me for the rest of my life.

Keep Reading...Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments